Inside Penn State football's game-winning drive to beat Iowa

It was the most points allowed by a Penn State defense over the first four games in the Big Ten era and the second-most in Penn State history. On offense, they boast two of the nation's biggest stars in running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley. Penn State scored on a pair of field goals and a safety before the team managed to cross the goal line.

Penn State, for now, but Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin are lurking.

Franklin brought up the topic of Kinnick Stadium's storied pink locker rooms during his weekly news conference of Tuesday, calling it one of the "cooler, historical kind of thing in college football from a tradition standpoint".

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Penn State 21, Iowa 19: The Lions drove 80 yards in 96 seconds, converting a fourth-and-2 at their own 40 on a quick slant from McSorley to Saeed Blacknall. Albrecht had a career-high 19 kills on.400 hitting and added six digs and four blocks. By rule, they had to try a PAT from their 25, so McSorley took a knee and then punted the ball in triumph. Johnson split the two, McSorley's throw was flawless and Johnson made the grab for the winning touchdown. Then number-two MI lost to Iowa 14-13 less than 12 months ago, and, until the very last second spawned a 21-19 victory, it looked like Penn State was about to suffer the same fate.

Saquon Barkley was brilliant, with a career-high 211 yards rushing on 28 attempts and 12 catches for 94 yards. This play by Barkley would loom large because he once again showed the ability to tack on offensive yards nearly out of nowhere.

Barkley earned that praise on multiple occasions. "It's one of those deals ..."

That quick first step and exceptional athleticism separates Barkley from his peers.

Now, Ferentz is trying to decode Barkley's 85-yard touchdown catch against Georgia State last week and what that might mean for his defense.

"I can not imagine that there's a better player in all of college football", Franklin said of Barkley. Barkley totaled 305 yards from scrimmage as the Nittany Lions pulled out a narrow 21-19 win over Iowa.

Beginning previous year, however, the Big Ten added a ninth conference game, which prompted the league to start its season a week earlier. The sophomore's passes early on seemed adrenaline-filled, a byproduct of the moment, and were initially too hot to handle. McSorley spent another game spreading the ball around, utilizing eight different receivers.

He'll be better in the future because of the experience he gained against an aggressive Penn State defense which tested Stanley physically and mentally.

Brincks, who primarily played special teams prior to the season, has been the backup behind Anthony Nelson. He also ran 17 times for 61 yards, battling through some inconsistency to hit the biggest pass of the night ... and one of the biggest of his wonderful career.

After Blacknall's snag, Penn State rattled off three consecutive first downs: a 12-yard run by McSorley, an 18-yard pass to Johnson and a 14-yard reception by Barkley, who shimmied an Iowa defender in open space like only he can do.

In this instance, it gave Penn State a 5-0 lead and two points that ultimately proved to be the difference in the final outcome.

  • Stacy Allen